Happy end of the week! I promise this is my last post on Tybee Island (until we go back again. 🙂 ) But I can’t leave the island without writing about this one person… this very talented lady.
Jane Coslick is a house super hero. She is brave – with no fear whatsoever of color anywhere she goes and with no fear of a challenge either. She takes on ramshackle beach cottages that no one would look at twice and uses her
magic powers talent to turn them into treasures that everyone now loves. She has rescued historic houses all over Tybee Island from demolition. (I have lost count, but I believe it is around 50 homes.) She has had her work featured in over 25 publications – Coastal Living (at least 7 times!), Southern Lady, Southern Living (multiple times), Old House Interiors, This Old House, Better Homes and Gardens, Cottage Living, La Vie Claire…and the list goes on. And then there are the books that feature her work:
It all began over 25 years ago with this little cottage.
99 Steps was her first cottage – named for the distance between the front porch door and the beach. The 670 sq. ft. home was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers back in the 1920’s. This was at a time when they were building a road from Savannah to Tybee, and temporary housing was needed for the workers. Here is the cute living room today:
Besides being on the cover of the book above, it has also been featured in Coastal Living, Cottage Living, and La Vie Claire magazine. Additionally, here is a link for an article about it in Waterfront Home and Design and one in Coastal Living. Jane carries her own line of paint (among other things on her website), and you can find all the matching colors used in the cottage here. You can see more rooms and find out information about renting it here.
Right next door to 99 Steps is another little house that Jane saved and transformed. I have heard it called Old Love, 99 1/2 steps, and The Luscious Little Cottage. Whatever name it goes by, the 425 square foot building is a happy bright pink color.
I’m going to call it Old Love. It was restored in 2009 and was featured in Cottage Living, La Vie Claire, and Coastal Living’s January 2009 issue, . Right behind the house is a separate 220 sq. ft. guest house bedroom that was once a train ticket booth.
Here is a recent picture of the guest house bedroom (called the Roost.)
And here is the living room in the main cottage.
There are two different articles you can read about the cottage here and here if you would like to learn more about it. And if you are interested in renting it for a vacation you can read about that here.
A few streets over you will find this bright green cottage.
This Jane Coslick project was originally constructed in 1936, and its interiors match is cheerful exterior.
Its screened porch is an equally happy place.
Key Lime Parrot is also available for a vacation rental here. It is located directly across the street from Memorial Park – a great place for families to play.
And would you believe that right behind Key Lime Parrot is yet another Jane Coslick cottage? Oh yes! You’ll find The Shrimp there. It too, has been featured in Coastal Living magazine, and it is available for rent here.
Take a look at the brightly colored kitchen…
And the fun living room.
Now travel down a few blocks and you will find Fish Camp, another rescued treasure. Built in 1924, it was once a run down fishing shack that most people would have liked to have seen torn down. Jane could see beyond the mess that it was, and she turned it into another cutie. Its bright blue color was chosen to match the morning glory flowers that grow in abundance in its yard and contrast with the sunshine-y yellow forsythia.
It is filled with pieces of art, and like its “cottage cousins,” it has been featured in a number of magazines and books. Here is a peek at a couple of the rooms in Fish Camp.
One of my favorite projects that Jane has transformed is The Palm cottage. It was built in 1935, and it made the cover of Coastal Living magazine in 2000. It is available for a vacation rental here.
Isn’t it precious looking?
On our trip to Tybee, my husband and I spent an afternoon just riding around looking for Jane Coslick cottages. The photographs of all the exteriors of the houses in today’s post are from that afternoon. (The interior photos are from websites.) There was one particular cottage that I really wanted to see. It was one of her recent projects…Cottage on the Green – a duplex built in 1929. We found it in a quiet area behind Officer’s Row. I hopped out of the car to take a couple of pictures of the exterior.
As I started to click the button on the camera, the woman who was vacationing there came out the door and excitedly said, “This is just the cutest place we have ever seen! Wouldn’t you like to come in and take pictures of the inside?” (I told you all I was in House Heaven on our Tybee trip. 🙂 ) So we went inside. She showed us around, and I took a couple of pictures. Obviously this stranger did not know we were coming so all of her family things are about, but you can see the beauty of the place. I was thrilled with the cottage and with the kindness and enthusiasm of this fellow house-lover.
This was unit A. Here are a couple of photos from the website.
Although this cottage is not on the beach, it is in a wonderful location on the island – so much so that the next time we go to Tybee this is where I want to stay. I really hope we can stay in Cottage on the Green – B. Take a look at it…just perfect!
an outdoor shower…
a living room in white with red accents and wicker!
and this super cute breakfast area!
There is one last Jane Coslick house I want you to see. I did not get to photograph it on our trip, and it is not a rental, but it is just sooooo charming. It is on Whitemarsh Island – not far from Tybee. How can you resist a white cottage with red shutters, window boxes, a picket fence, and a red bicycle?!
Loving this porch!
and one last photo..the living room. (I think I am starting to have a thing for signs. Blame Mary Kay Andrews!)
Too cute! There are plenty more gorgeous places on Jane’s website, so I hope you will go there and enjoy the eye candy. She has an online shop there as well with shutters, painted furniture, art, and home accessories. Just click here.
Before I say good-bye to Tybee and Savannah, let me show you who won the Savannah style book giveaway. It was this comment number:
and it belonged to this comment on the Movie Night: The Last Song post:
Congratulations Kathy!! 🙂 Just send me your mailing address on the site contact form at the top, and I will get your books in the mail to you. Thank you to everyone who left comments on all the posts. You folks are wonderful!!!!!
I hope all of you have a super fun weekend planned for this first weekend in May. We will be moving our daughter home from college for her summer break, and I have to wrap my brain around where to put all of her stuff. 🙁 Wish me luck!
What do you think of Jane Coslick’s cottages?
We’d love to hear!